Cape Town Edge set to rock Grahamstown

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Mamela Nyamza presents her new work, Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo (The Meal)

The pioneering Cape Town Edge is back at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from 28 June to 8 July. Jon Keevy, the company co-ordinator and marketing manager, tells Steyn du Toit what festivalgoers can look forward to.

It is almost time for Cape Town Edge to head for Grahamstown again. How many times will this be now?

We are in the sixth amazing year!

What is it about the National Arts Festival and Cape Town Edge that click so well?

The Festival is run by great folk with a passion for developing the theatre industry and they make miracles happen out of their limited resources. Their Ovation awards, the Arena programme and their Main programme showcase and encourage talent from all over South Africa – the Cape Town Edge is part of that journey an artist takes toward success and sustainability. We are a collective focused on supporting one another so that our work catches the eyes of the producers, critics and audiences. The best shows and artists that have been part of the Edge have gone on the Arena and the Main.

Briony Horwitz in Owl

What shows will you be taking to showcase this year, and what is each about?

The 2012 line-up is: 

A Tale of Horribleness, which is a fantasy adventure, brought to life through enchanting creature puppets and animation that will appeal to all ages. It’s written and designed by team from The Space Behind The Couch.

Body Language from Festival favourite Gaëtan Schmid, exploring the secret language of the human body.

Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo (The Meal), the new work from acclaimed choreographer Mamela Nyamza, the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance 2011, which forms part of her GIPCA 2012 Fellowship.

Tonight Neither Hamlet, directed by Christopher Weare and featuring Adrian Galley, is a quirky, witty and intriguing look at what happens behind the theatre curtain, as told by one of the theatre’s forgotten characters, the curtain puller.

OwlJon Keevy’s captivating coming-of-age tale. Featuring Briony Hotwitz, it is an honest picture of growing up different in the middle of nowhere.

A psychological thriller, Eden, set in a world of rumours, nameless individuals, watchful eyes and eavesdropping ears. It is presented by an exciting new collective of UCT graduates, The Poor Artists.

Pants on Fire! is a late-night comedy and music show curated by Rob van Vuuren and Martin Evans, featuring a host of top musicians and celebrity guests.

Siya Sikawuti and Stefan Erasmus in Eden

And after the festival – what's on the cards for the company?

After the festival we really get down to work, writing reports for our amazing sponsors and looking for more funding for 2013, so that we can continue to improve the quality of the Edge experience every year. 

Do you have a Facebook page/website? 

Yes, yes, and yes to Twitter too! Join us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/capetownedge; on Twitter @capetownedge; or visit www.capetownedge.com.

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